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Motorcycle Rider Safety Course


Basic Rider (2-wheel) and Trike (3-wheel)

The Basic Rider course provides classroom and actual motorcycle operator training in a controlled environment. This course is not eligible for financial aid. This course CANNOT be audited. Participants under 19 years of age should contact the DMV for information on obtaining a motorcycle learner's permit and operator's license.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation certifies our Instructors/Rider Coaches. A valid automobile license or a motorcycle learner's permit is required to participate in these classes. No previous riding experience is necessary for the Basic Rider Courses; however, a good sense of balance is required.

For the Basic Rider Courses: Trainer motorcycles and helmets are provided. Students taking the 3-wheel course may choose to ride their own bikes. There is a knowledge and a riding skills test at the end of the course. Passing these two tests earns the student a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Completion Card and a Virginia licensing waiver, subject to VA DMV license requirements. The instructor has the final authority in determining if a student shall be permitted to participate in the riding portion of the course.

Students will learn:

  • The basics: what to wear, how to start and stop your motorcycle, and motorcycle controls
  • Street strategies to avoid trouble and stay safe
  • How to maneuver a motorcycle in tough situations; swerving, avoiding collisions, special situations, lane changes, passing, and avoiding hazards
  • Basic motorcycle operation
  • Straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping
  • Cornering, braking and swerving

For the riding portion of the course, students must provide the following protective gear:

  • Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear
  • Long non-flare denim pants or material of equivalent or better durability
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jacket
  • Full-fingered gloves preferably leather
  • Eye protection - sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses are acceptable

Students will not be permitted to ride without this protective gear.

2017 Spring Schedule

*All times are approximate and are subject to change by VWCC due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Students MUST be on time for all class sessions. NO ADMITTANCE for late arrivals.

2-Wheel Basic Rider Course

Friday: 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday (Single Session): 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday (Dual Session): 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM or 1:00 - 6:00 PM

Instructors determine the ride times for individuals in dual session classes; therefore students in dual session classes should be available ALL day on Saturday & Sunday of their scheduled course.

Seminar Section(s) Date(s)
RVH 130 11 March 10-12
RVH 130 12 March 17-19
RVH 130 13 March 24-26
RVH 130 14 March 31-April 2
RVH 130* 15 April 7-9
RVH 130* 16 April 7-9
RVH 130* 17 April 21-23
RVH 130* 18 April 21-23
RVH 130* 19 April 28-30
RVH 130* 20 April 28-30

VA Resident - $169.74
Out-of-State - $366.34

3-Wheel Basic Rider Course

A class M-3 license endorsement is issued on site upon successful completion of the course.

RVH 195-TRI March 3 6:00 - 9:00 PM
  March 4 & 5 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

VA Resident - $169.74
Out-of-State - $366.34

2-Wheel Experienced Rider Course

Have you recently completed a beginner 2-wheel course or need a refresher? Hone your skills to a higher level in a one-day class designed to increase your awareness and confidence on the road. Students are encouraged to use their own motorcycle or have the option of using one provided.

TRNS 2301-11 May 6 1:00 - 6:00 PM

Cost: $60.00

3-Wheel Experienced Rider Course

Have you recently completed a beginner 3-wheel course or need a refresher? Hone your skills to a higher level in a one-day class designed to increase your awareness and confidence on the road. Students use their own rigs.

TRNS AS2 March 5 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $100.00

One-On-One Course

This course is scheduled by student request. Please call Tammy Meador at 540-857-6402 for more information.

Cost: $80.00


2-Wheel & 3-Wheel Basic Rider course:

To enroll for these classes, you can applyregister and pay online.

For additional information or assistance with the registration process, contact the Enrollment Center at 857-7231. If you need additional information about this course, call Tammy Meador at 857-6402.

2-Wheel & 3-Wheel Experienced Rider course:

Searching for a course, enrolling and paying is a simple online process. First, go to To enroll, you should first complete a profile by selecting SIGN IN from the left-hand menu (directly under COURSES), then select CREATE NEW PROFILE and answer all the questions to establish your account. If you are an existing student, you may log in to begin the enrollment process below.

Once you are signed in, search for the class by clicking on COURSES, then selecting SPECIAL INTEREST under Personal Enrichment to locate the listing for MOTORCYCLE EXPERIENCED RIDER. Click ADD TO CART. Proceed to payment by clicking VIEW CART. You will see your enrollment in the class. Select CHECKOUT at the bottom of the page, select CREDIT CARD and follow the instructions to finalize your payment.

You may call Workforce Solutions at 857-6675 for assistance with the enrollment/payment process. Questions concerning the course content may be referred to the School of Business, Technology & Trades at 857-6402.

One-on-One Tutoring Course

To schedule a tutoring session, contact Tammy Meador at 857-6402. Once the session is available, you will register through as explained in the Experienced Rider section above.

Additional Resources

For More Info

Tammy Meador

Phone: 540-857-6402

Contact Us

School of Business, Technology & Trades
Location: Webber Hall W305
Phone: 540-857-7272
Fax: 540-857-7086

Mailing address:
3098 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015